Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stronger alliance is on the way

The Japan Times published an op-ed written by Hisahiko Okazaki, a former Japanese diplomat, on January 31, 2010.

“The relationship of trust between Japan and the United States is in its worst state ever,” said Okazaki.

He compared the current situation to the Nixon Shocks. That comparison seems very ironic given that Japan and America were working very closely together back then.

Okazaki said that Japan would deal with important alliance issues, including Article 9, once a conservative government assumed power.

“The relationship of trust between Japan and the U.S. will eventually be restored and the tim
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e will come when the alliance relationship will be strengthened,” said Okazaki. “Until then I do hope the U.S. side will be patient.”

Saturday, January 23, 2010

U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google

On January 23, 2010, CNN reported that China had been able to gain access to the email accounts of its citizens by using the same backdoor that Google provided to the U.S. government to access the email accounts of American citizens.

So which country is the no privacy, authoritarian police state after all?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The world does not welcome the White House's Google

The Global Times ran an editorial called “The world does not welcome the White House’s Google” on January 20, 2010. In this editorial, China accused Google of acting as a political tool on behalf of the U.S. government.

“Whenever the US government demands it, Google can easily become a convenient tool for promoting the US government’s political will and values abroad,” said the Global Times. “And actually the US government is willing to do so.”

It is ironic that, at this point, America was so interested in promoting free speech on the Internet given the wide discrepancy between the historical truth and the lies told by historians – particularly Western historians. Were people allowed to tell the truth, were the public allowed to learn the truth, it would not work out in the favor of Western governments.

Later on, our government would realize this and make a U-turn. Too bad they just didn’t come out and tell the truth. They got themselves – and others – in a lot more trouble by refusing to do that.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A new approach to China

On January 12, 2010, Google accused China of orchestrating a “highly sophisticated” attack on its computer systems. According to Google, the Chinese government had tried to gain access to the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Because of this incident, Google announced it would no longer censor its search results in China.

This incident is significant because my government has “led” me to believe that the Chinese government has access to my Gmail account and has been reading the things I have been writing.

For some time now, I have been using my Gmail account as an online backup system for the things I have written. Whenever I want to save a document online, I send an email with that document attached to my Gmail account. Anyone who has access to my Gmail account would have access to all this information.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

An Alliance Larger Than One Issue

The New York Times published an op-ed written by Joseph Nye on January 6, 2010. In that article, Nye argued that America should not pressure Japan on the issue of relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

“Sometimes Japanese officials quietly welcome ‘gaiatsu,’ or foreign pressure, to help resolve their own bureaucratic deadlocks,” said Nye. “But that is not the case here: if the United States undercuts the new Japanese government and creates resentment among the Japanese public, then a victory on Futenma could prove Pyrrhic.”

I wonder why America did not follow his advice.